Western Stars 2019

Critic Western Stars Reviews

Owen Gleiberman

MetaScore: 90 AddDate: 09-14-2019 Autor: Owen Gleiberman

Western Stars isn’t a rockin’-out extravaganza; it’s intimate in its embrace. Yet it’s a moving testament to how much Bruce Springsteen has still got it. It’s a concert film you’ll want to experience with others, as a ray of light in the dark.

Movie Nation

MetaScore: 50 AddDate: 10-20-2019 Autor: Roger Moore

Western Stars isn’t misguided. It’s just dull and self-serious. But if you’re Bruce Springsteen, nobody around you’s going to point that out.

Ian Freer

MetaScore: 80 AddDate: 10-21-2019 Autor: Ian Freer

Western Stars is not only a concert film presenting 13 Springsteen bangers, plus one great cover. Showcasing his charisma, wit, thoughtfulness and vulnerability, it emerges as a telling portrait of one of music’s modern greats.

Mike Ryan

MetaScore: 90 AddDate: 09-14-2019 Autor: Mike Ryan

Don’t go into Western Stars expecting to see The Boss. That guy is on a break. What we get instead is Bruce Springsteen, a human being who seems a lot less sure of himself than The Boss ever did. Springsteen’s book gave us some details, but Western Stars looks straight into his soul.

Michael Rechtshaffen

MetaScore: 90 AddDate: 09-14-2019 Autor: Michael Rechtshaffen

A gorgeous tone poem that both deepens and personalizes the audio recording, creating a satisfying emotional arc that isn’t as apparent in the collection of 13 fully-orchestrated country-tinged songs.

Brad Wheeler

MetaScore: 75 AddDate: 10-23-2019 Autor: Brad Wheeler

It’s lovely film to look at, Springsteen confronting his past and demons in the prettiest, gently tuneful barn-and-big-sky way imaginable.

Peter Travers

MetaScore: 80 AddDate: 10-23-2019 Autor: Peter Travers

The film, bathed in gorgeous shadow and light by cinematographer Joe DeSalvo, gets more personal as it moves along. You can feel the romantic ache when Bruce and the missus duet on “Stones.”

Robert Abele

MetaScore: 90 AddDate: 10-24-2019 Autor: Robert Abele

By the end, you almost want every recording artist with Springsteen’s compassion and lyricism to introduce their newest material the way he does in “Western Stars,” like a docent of everyone’s damaged soul, pointing to the parts that make not just the music, but the musician, too.

Jordan Ruimy

MetaScore: 91 AddDate: 09-24-2019 Autor: Jordan Ruimy

What Western Stars best achieves, a universal notion that will hook fans and non-fans alike, is the shared sense of community displayed in the infectious love shown for playing vital and moving music.

Steve Pond

MetaScore: 90 AddDate: 09-14-2019 Autor: Steve Pond

Western Stars goes far deeper than the usual performance document, to sensitively explore what he sees as the state of his, and our, lives. It’s a ruminative, almost elegiac look at Springsteen’s life and career, filled with moments of uncommon beauty that makes it of a piece with this latest, most introspective phase of his career.